Poster Title

Another Hollywood Scandal: Judgments about Sexual Assault Accusations amongst Celebrities

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Psychological

Minor

Management

Institution

Northern Kentucky University

KY House District #

68

KY Senate District #

24

Department

Psychology Department

Abstract

Recent scandals in Hollywood have brought the topic of sexual assault to the forefront of public discussion. Although research has been conducted on victim credibility (e.g., victim gender), researchers have rarely investigated the effect of celebrity status on victim credibility. In the current work, participants read a set of sixteen fictitious sexual assault scenarios which described the details surrounding an accusation of heterosexual sexual assault. These scenarios varied the sex of the accused, the intoxication of those involved, and the relative celebrity status of the scenario's characters. Participants then completed basic demographic questions. Although data collection has not been completed, preliminary results indicated that participants believed accusers more when the accuser was female (Ms = 2.70 and 3.06), f(1, 38) = 5.95, p = .020, hp2 = .135, and when the accused was intoxicated, (Ms = 2.40 and 3.35), f(1, 38) = 7.20, p = .011, hp2 = .159.

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Another Hollywood Scandal: Judgments about Sexual Assault Accusations amongst Celebrities

Recent scandals in Hollywood have brought the topic of sexual assault to the forefront of public discussion. Although research has been conducted on victim credibility (e.g., victim gender), researchers have rarely investigated the effect of celebrity status on victim credibility. In the current work, participants read a set of sixteen fictitious sexual assault scenarios which described the details surrounding an accusation of heterosexual sexual assault. These scenarios varied the sex of the accused, the intoxication of those involved, and the relative celebrity status of the scenario's characters. Participants then completed basic demographic questions. Although data collection has not been completed, preliminary results indicated that participants believed accusers more when the accuser was female (Ms = 2.70 and 3.06), f(1, 38) = 5.95, p = .020, hp2 = .135, and when the accused was intoxicated, (Ms = 2.40 and 3.35), f(1, 38) = 7.20, p = .011, hp2 = .159.